This post is part of our Learning Round-up series, designed to showcase informative and trending content from the last month or so, mainly revolving around HR, learning & development, productivity, psychology, and decision making.
Top 5 Trending HR Analytics Articles of October 2018 By Bastiaan Stokkel | Analytics in HR | October 2018
"We hope that you’re all sitting warm, with a fresh cup of coffee beside you. Enjoy the following top articles in the HR Analytics space of October 2018!”
7 Learning and Development Trends To Adopt In 2019 By Cameron Bishop | Forbes | 24 September 2018
"It’s the time of year for human resources professionals to look back on employee performance and begin planning their training needs for 2019... Here are seven of the top training trends you should pay attention to in 2019.”
Employee Engagement 3.0: Humu Launches Nudge Engine By Josh Bersin | JoshBersin.com | 18 October 2018
"On the heels of LinkedIn’s acquisition of Glint, which lights a bonfire under the engagement market, I want to talk about something entirely different: Humu. Humu is the first behavioral change company focused on building an AI-based 'nudge engine.’"
Busting 3 Massive Myths About Employee Engagement By Christine Comaford | Forbes | 17 November 2018
"In my 30+ years as a leadership and culture coach, as well as entrepreneur building and selling 5 businesses and investing in more than 200, I’ve seen a LOT of employee engagement surveys. Per Bruce Temkin of the Temkin Group, a super smart analytics guru, there are 3 types of analytics you want to ensure you get…"
Why Leadership Development Is Still Stuck In The Dark Ages By Chris Pearse | Forbes | 19 November 2018
“For Leadership Development to transform our leaders, it must recognise these principles: 1. Leaders need to master personal leadership before they lead anyone else. 2. Personal leadership requires Self-Awareness. 3. Self-Awareness is observation of your inner dynamics, in the moment.”
15 Creative Exercises That Are Better Than Brainstorming By Dani Mansfield | HubSpot Marketing Blog | 30 September 2018
"We're all familiar with traditional brainstorming as a way to produce new ideas… Ranging from structured to silly, here are 15 creative brainstorming exercises and techniques to help you get your problem-solving juices flowing."
Meet Dan Ariely, The Hedge Fund Star Who Never Looks at Financials By James Thomson | Australian Financial Review | 18 November 2018
"Dan Ariely hasn't looked at a profit and loss statement or a balance sheet in the past five years. And yet his hedge fund, Irrational Capital, has smashed the S&P 500 even during one of the longest bull markets in history.”
23 Charts and Maps That Show The World Is Getting Much, Much Better By Dylan Matthews | Vox | 17 Oct 2018
"Survey evidence consistently indicates that few people in rich countries have any clue that the world has taken a happier turn in recent decades — one poll in 2016 found that only 8% of US residents knew that global poverty had fallen since 1996.”
Your Obsession With Cognitive Biases Is Probably Making You Dumber By Jessica Stillman | Inc. | 1 August 2018
"The prime example of a hastily designed and ultimately disastrous program based on half-baked knowledge of cognitive biases is United Airlines' brief and much maligned decision to swap small, guaranteed employee bonuses for a lottery system in which some workers would win big prizes but most would get nothing. The brass at United made the switch based on their understanding of a well known cognitive bias that shows we tend to overestimate small probabilities, leading people to irrationally prefer a 1-in-100 chance of winning $100 to a guaranteed windfall of one dollar. That's the theory, but when United actually tried to put the idea into practice, employees revolted and the company was forced to quickly change back to their original scheme."
All Interview Questions Are Trying to Figure Out One of These 3 Things By Stephanie Vozza | Fast Company | 31 October 2018
"Most questions will have one of three main types of motivation, and each one requires a different response, says Pyle, a former U.S. Army human intelligence training instructor who taught Department of Defense interrogators and debriefers how to ask questions."
21 Psychological Tricks That Will Help You Ace a Job Interview By Shana Lebowitz | The Ladders | 19 November 2018
"1. Schedule your interview around 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. According to Glassdoor, the ‘best' time to arrange an interview is the time that’s best for the interviewer — not the time that’s best for you."
The 1 Easy Trick That Will Sharpen Your Decision-Making By Nora Battelle | Big Think | 8 November 2018
"Every month, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Executive Education and Wharton's Center for Leadership and Change Management come together to release a 'nano tool' that hones in on small changes you can make to improve your performance and leadership abilities. Their September suggestion highlights the positive impact — and widespread usage amongst successful people — of walking while making difficult decisions or thinking through complex problems."
Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Key to Being More Productive According to Neuroscience. By Al Pittampalli | Medium | 10 November 2018
"Researchers have found the best results when subjects formulate these decisions using simple IF-THEN statements. Where THEN precedes the activity we wish to perform, and IF precedes the situational cue that specifies when and where we should perform it. For instance: 'IF it’s after lunch THEN I’ll work on my presentation.' Indeed implementation intentions are so simple, that upon hearing about them people inevitably ask: how is that any different than what I normally do? When we take on new activities, we often stop short of forming implementation intentions, and instead create goal intentions — which take the even simpler form of 'I intend to do X'."
"... over one hundred studies show that implementation intentions can double, sometimes even triple the chances people successfully carry out all different kinds of aversive activities, from exercise, to writing essays, to creating resumes."
5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions By Mark Manson | Markmanson.com | 19 November 2018
"One day, when I’m a multi-billionaire, I’m going to buy a massive plot of land out in the frigid wasteland of the northern Yukon and build a vast complex of unnecessarily poorly-designed buildings. There will be no roads that lead there. No utilities. No central heating. And insufficient staff to maintain the structure. I’ll then call it, 'The Hall of Fame of Bad Decisions.' It will be perfect. Because not only will the hall itself be a bad decision, but anyone who ever attempts to visit it will clearly be making a bad decision as well.”
How to Be a More Confident Decision-Maker By Clay Skipper | GQ | 21 November 2018
“… according to Ruth Chang, most of us have been approaching hard decisions the wrong way our entire lives. A philosophy professor at Rutgers—with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth, a J.D. from Harvard, and a D.Phil. from Oxford—she has intensively studied decision-making, using insights from that research on the TED Talk stage and in lectures to the C.I.A., U.S. Navy, and the World Bank."
Psychology’s Replication Crisis Is Running Out of Excuses By Ed Young | The Atlantic | 19 November 2018
"Over the past few years, an international team of almost 200 psychologists has been trying to repeat a set of previously published experiments from its field, to see if it can get the same results. Despite its best efforts, the project, called Many Labs 2, has only succeeded in 14 out of 28 cases. Six years ago, that might have been shocking. Now it comes as expected (if still somewhat disturbing) news."
The Books That Saved My Life in Prison By Chris Wilson | Medium | 6 November 2018
"I checked out children’s versions of classics and read them at night, wrapped in my sheet on the floor. There were so many drive-bys, I was afraid a stray bullet might come through the window and hit me if I slept up high in my bed. I thought, 'The world is so big. It’s full of ideas and people. I can go anywhere. I can do anything. I can be anyone I want.' It didn’t happen. At 17, I killed a man in a confrontation. I was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole…"
The 40 Best Books to Read Before You Die, From Anna Karenina to Wolf Hall By The Independent | 1 November 2018
"Whatever the breathless claims about reading, one thing is certain: losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s most enduring and dependable joys. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world."
The Great Disillusionist (or Why Read the Nihilistic Work of Giacomo Leopardi Today) By Tim Parks | Aeon | 13 November 2018
"In an age when so many people, particularly young people, are at a loss to give life meaning and direction, Leopardi is essential reading. ‘No one,’ Schopenhauer would observe, had handled the theme of life as ‘tragic farce’ so ‘thoroughly and exhaustively’ as Leopardi."